LOS ANGELES—An KABC Channel 7 cameraman was caught on tape calling Armenians “thug-type idiots,” when interviewing two Turks who were part of a counter protest at the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 24 during the Armenian Genocide Rally for Justice.
The video was posted by Ergun Kirlikovali, the former president of the Assembly of Turkish American Associations, who was being interviewed by the KABC cameraman, identified in the video as Tim. Apparently, Kirlikovali had asked an associate to videotape the KABC interview.
“I’ve noticed you guys are pretty peaceful back here and holding your ground. I haven’t tried to talk to them because most of them are like thug-type idiots,” says Tim the KABC cameraman (at 5:21 on the video).
“Once you start talking to someone you just get a lot of ‘rarara’ behind it,” added Tim.
Toward the end of the Kirlikovali’s tape, he asks Channel 7 to invite him for a discussion about what he calls “Armenian territorial claims” and “Armenian terrorists,” to which Tim, the cameraman responds “Yeah. Armenian gangs.”
ABC 7 Eyewitness News on Friday covered the Armenian community’s disappointment with President Obama, who refused to use the term Genocide in his annual “Armenian Remembrance Day” message. Eyewitness News interviewed Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region Chairwoman Nora Hovsepian, who clearly delineated the Armenian community’s dismay with Obama’s statement.
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